The Man From Uncle: 5 Mistakes That Seriously Damage The Movie

The villain's terrible and the heroes just don't cut the mustard.

After what seemed like the longest pre-production process ever, in which every actor in Hollywood - from George Clooney to Channing Tatum to John Hamm to Russell Crowe - was (at one time) touted for the main role of secret agent Napoleon Solo, Guy Ritchie's latest blockbuster, a modern remake of the beloved TV '60s spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., is set to hit theatres this coming Friday (and you can read our review here). The property seemed like a perfect fit for Ritchie, who has spent the sum of his career thus far making smart, fast and incredibly stylish motion picture ventures - not to mention that his Sherlock Holmes movies (which starred Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law) cemented him as a director capable of helming large-scale blockbusters, which is presumably the reason why he inherited this film - one that so very desperately wants to be the next big franchise. Whether or not that will happen, though... well, that depends on the box office results over the next few weeks; whether The Man From U.N.C.L.E. deserves to morph into a franchise is another matter entirely, though. And that's because - despite its standing as a very watchable spy pastiche with a few good moments and heaps of style - it's an entirely unremarkable affair from start to finish: the very definition of "disposable entertainment." What follows, then, are 5 detrimental mistakes that damaged the movie, starting with...

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.